Within the next ten years, Smithfield will implement “manure-to-energy” projects across 90% of the company’s hog finishing spaces in North Carolina, Utah and Virginia, and nearly all of Smithfield’s hog finishing spaces in Missouri.
The July 16-17 event is geared toward both custom applicators and farmers handling their own manure application.
Spreading manure while the risk of runoff is severe could cause manure runoff into streams, threatening water quality.
When manure is surface applied to snow-covered or frozen ground, there is an increased risk for manure runoff and consequently nutrient runoff into waterways.
A new version of Wisconsin’s Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast will debut Feb. 1, offering farmers a much more detailed and localized look at the threat of runoff before they plan to spread manure.
If switching manure application to surface application, there are a few additional considerations you should make in your nutrient application.
Livestock producers need to thoroughly examine the cost-benefit ratio before jumping into a system to turn manure into energy.
With numerous operations and more than 14,000 employees across North Carolina and Virginia, Smithfield has enacted its hurricane preparedness procedures.